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Week In Review

By Donyale Reavis Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, and Technology/Media:


Bill Bans Forced Arbitration is Sexual Assault Cases

Following remarks by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Congress passed the bill by voice vote in a rare show of bipartisan legislative support.

Producer of 'The Matrix Resurrections' Sues Warner Bros. Over How the Film was Released

The suit by Village Roadshow claims that Warner Bros. rushed the release of the movie to help boost HBO Max subscriptions, a revenue stream in which Village Roadshow doesn't share.

Study Finds Sustained Progress for Female Directors and Filmmakers of Color

Unfortunately, women of color are still not getting feature directing jobs in Hollywood, the annual report on top-grossing movies finds.

Sting Sells His Songwriting Catalog for an Estimated $300 Million

The deal with Universal Music covers his entire output as a songwriter, including solo work and hits by the Police, like "Every Breath You Take".

Jerry Harris Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charges

Jerry Harris, the former star of Netflix's "Cheer" docuseries, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of receiving child pornography and one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed to CBS Chicago. The 22-year-old has been held in a federal detention facility without bond since he was arrested in September 2020.


Harper Lee Estate Told to Pay $2.5 Million in Dispute Over 'Mockingbird' Plays

The estate is contesting an arbitrator's ruling that it had been too aggressive in limiting productions of a 1970 adaptation of the novel as Aaron Sorkin's new staged version came to Broadway.

Fashion Is Getting an Inclusion Rider

Coming soon to the catwalks: A contractual diversity pledge already adopted by some in Hollywood.

A Henry Darger Dispute

Who Inherits the Rights to a Loner's Genius? Since this reclusive artist died in 1973, his landlords have controlled work left behind in his apartment. Now relatives are challenging that stewardship in court.

A Struggling San Francisco Art School Will Merge With a University

The San Francisco Art Institute, which has been plagued by crippling debt, has formalized plans to integrate with -- and eventually be acquired by -- the University of San Francisco.


A Bond Etched In Ice

Asian American pipeline produces figure skating stars for the U.S. team.

Valieva Is 'Innocent and Clean,' Her Coach Declares

A hearing could determine if the star Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva will be allowed to continue competing at the Olympics.

Pending Decision on Kamila Valieva's Doping Case Casts Dark Cloud Over Olympic Figure Skating Competition

In the 72 hours since, the news of Kamila Valieva's failed drug test has become one of the defining subplots of the Games - casting a pall over the figure skating competition in Beijing, and drawing attention away from what's happening on the ice.

A U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Coach is Under Investigation After a Former Athlete Accused Him of Inappropriate Behavior

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, who competed with the national team in snowboard cross for about a decade, including at the 2010 Vancouver Games, said in a series of Instagram posts that Peter Foley, the longtime coach of the U.S. snowboarding team, took "naked photos of female athletes for over a decade."

National Football League Accused of Failing to Fix How It Treats Female Workers

"People would say to me, 'You really want to leave the N.F.L.?' 'Yes,' I would answer, 'with running shoes on," said Ramona Washington, a former production coordinator at NFL Network, who is Black. She said she quit in disgust in 2018 after her report of bias among managers went nowhere.

For NFL Perfection, a Steep Price

Nick Buoniconti, Jim Kiick, and Jake Scott, of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, were each found to have C.T.E., the brain disease linked to head hits, bringing to six the number of players diagnosed from that team.

The NFL's About-Face on Sports Gambling

The NFL has partnerships with several companies and casinos and a record number of bets are expected to be placed on the Super Bowl. That would have been unlikely years ago.

Trial Begins for Angels Employee Over Role in Tyler Skaggs's Death

Eric Kay is accused of supplying Skaggs with counterfeit drugs that led to the pitcher's death. Kay's lawyers say that it was Skaggs who was Kay's drug dealer.

Beijing Wanted the Winter Olympics. All It Needed Was Snow

The environmentally unfriendly secret of winter sports is that many competitions take place on artificial snow. China's water-scarce capital had to go to enormous lengths to make enough of it.

Why Winter Olympic Athletes Like Eileen Gu Are Getting Caught Up in U.S.-China Tensions

The International Olympic Committee insists that politics and the Olympics don't mix. However, despite their best efforts, some athletes at this year's Winter Games are finding themselves caught up in the U.S.-China spat, adding an additional layer of stress to the pressure of competition and tough COVID-19 restrictions.

Bearing an Olympic Torch and a Politically Loaded Message

For China, a Uyghur lighting the cauldron was a feel-good moment of ethnic unity. Western critics saw a cynical bid to whitewash human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Technology/Media

CIA Is Collecting in Bulk Certain Data Affecting Americans, Senators Warn

A partly declassified letter from two senators, Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich, does not say what the data is. However, the CIA has for years been collecting in bulk, without a warrant, some kind of data that can affect Americans' privacy.

IRS to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification

After a bipartisan backlash, the agency will transition away from using a service from

The New York Times is Allowed to Publish Project Veritas Documents Until a Full Appeal is Heard

A state appeals court said that a judge's order preventing publication of the documents would not be enforced until a formal appeal could be heard.

Sarah Palin Says That Her Suit Against the New York Times Made Her a 'David' vs. a 'Goliath'

In her defamation trial, the former governor of Alaska claims that the New York Times acted recklessly in writing and publishing an editorial in 2017 that incorrectly linked a mass shooting in Arizona to her political rhetoric.

One Menacing Call After Another

Threats Against Lawmakers Surge: A review of threats against members of Congress shows how a mainstreaming of violent political speech has prompted a growing number of Americans to target elected officials.

Spotify Stands by Joe Rogan

'Canceling Voices Is a Slippery Slope': In a memo following Rogan's apology for past use of a racial slur, Spotify's chief executive said that the company would invest $100 million in audio "from historically marginalized groups."

Peter Thiel to Exit Meta's Board to Support Trump-Aligned Candidates

The tech billionaire, who has been on the board of the company formerly known as Facebook since 2005, is backing numerous politicians in the midterm elections.

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